My Family’s Holistic Medicine Cabinet

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When I was pregnant with my first child at the age of 22, I had NO clue about my views on natural versus conventional medicines and health care. As an asthmatic child with a weak immune system, I had been on round after round of antibiotics, steroids, allergy shots, and pretty much every over the counter medication known to man. When I was 4 months pregnant, I was teaching at a Montessori school and contracted a nasty cold with a barking cough followed by pink eye. I went to see the doctor, and she told me that the medication she needed to prescribe could possibly cause deafness to my baby. Continue reading “My Family’s Holistic Medicine Cabinet”

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Love Thyself (+ 25 Totally Free Ideas to Show Yourself LOVE)

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Ah February. The month that we celebrate love. We focus on romantic love, family love, and friendship love by showering those around us with cards, flowers, and candy. We plan special dinners, romantic evenings, and decorate shoe boxes for our kids to take to school for their Valentine’s parties. Continue reading “Love Thyself (+ 25 Totally Free Ideas to Show Yourself LOVE)”

5 Holistic Self-Care Essentials

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We are finally in the homestretch before the holidays! This time of year can be so magical with all of the lights, decorations, family gatherings, and cosy nights by the fire. However, it can also be quite taxing with busy schedules, financial stress, and holiday travel. It’s very easy to forget to take care of yourself when things get hectic, but self-care is vital to our overall health and wellbeing. Continue reading “5 Holistic Self-Care Essentials”

Deep Breathing for Stress Relief

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Our bodies are amazingly adaptable. When it gets dark, our pupils dilate to let in more light. When it’s too hot, our body sweats to lower our core temperature. When we cut our finger, the blood vessels in that area automatically narrow and the blood starts to clot. Our bodies are constantly protecting us with a series of biological changes in response to different environmental triggers. And this bio-feedback is no different when it comes to stress. Continue reading “Deep Breathing for Stress Relief”

The 3+3+3 Plan for Healthier Eating

IMG_0496.JPGYears ago I read an article about how the average American family eats the same 9 meals for dinner on rotation. This fact has stuck with me for years and led me on a quest to expose my family to as many new dishes as I can (without driving myself crazy, of course). However, in the years since, I have spoken to and even worked with many families who don’t love experimenting in the kitchen as much as I do. Continue reading “The 3+3+3 Plan for Healthier Eating”

Chickpea Marinara with Pasta and Broccolini

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A question that I often get through email and social media messaging is “How do I know if I’m getting a complete meal?” When you’re eating an omnivorous diet, you know what a “complete” lunch or dinner looks like: meat, starch, dairy, and a vegetable (I would hope that veggies are included!). However, when switching to a plant based lifestyle, what do you do? Continue reading “Chickpea Marinara with Pasta and Broccolini”